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The Resource Many gods and many voices : the role of the prophet in English and American modernism, Louis L. Martz

Many gods and many voices : the role of the prophet in English and American modernism, Louis L. Martz

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Many gods and many voices : the role of the prophet in English and American modernism
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Many gods and many voices
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the role of the prophet in English and American modernism
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Louis L. Martz
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eng
Summary
"In Many Gods and Many Voices distinguished scholar Louis L. Martz addresses works by Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot, William Carlos Williams, H. D., and D. H. Lawrence, with brief treatment of the relation of Pound's Cantos to Joyce's Ulysses. In a graceful, lucid style, Martz argues that a prophetic tradition is represented in the Cantos, The Waste Land, Paterson, and H. D.'s Trilogy and Helen in Egypt, along with Lawrence's Plumed Serpent and the second version of Lady Chatterley's Lover. Pound's often- cited view that an epic is a poem that "includes history" does not define epic alone, for the books of biblical prophecy also contain history: the history of Israel's misdeeds and continuous redemption. On the other hand, Martz suggests that the term prophecy should not be limited to works that foretell the future, arguing that the biblical prophet is concerned primarily with the present. The prophet is a reformer, a denouncer of evil, as well as a seer of possible redemption. He hears "voices" and transmits the message of those voices to his people, in the hope of moving them away from wickedness and toward the ways of truth. According to Martz, such was the mission that inspired Walt Whitman and that Whitman passed on to Pound, Eliot, Williams, and Lawrence. (H. D. found her own sources of inspiration in Greek and Egyptian lore.) Martz's premise is that biblical prophecy, with its mingling of poetry and prose, its abrupt shifts from violent denunciation to exalted poetry, provides a precedent for the texture of these modernist works that will help readers to appreciate the mingling of "voices" and the complex mixture of elements. Examining their interrelationships and their common themes, Many Gods and Many Voices offers fresh insights into these modern writers."--Publishers website
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1913-2001
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Martz, Louis L.
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811/.5209112
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PS310.M57
LC item number
M37 1998
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non fiction
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  • Lawrence, D. H.
  • American poetry
  • Modernism (Literature)
  • Modernism (Literature)
  • Prophecies in literature
  • Religion and literature
  • Prophets in literature
  • Gods in literature
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Many gods and many voices : the role of the prophet in English and American modernism, Louis L. Martz
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Publication
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-223) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
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37608310
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 233 pages
Isbn
9780826211484
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(alk. paper)
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97040320
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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Many gods and many voices : the role of the prophet in English and American modernism, Louis L. Martz
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-223) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
37608310
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 233 pages
Isbn
9780826211484
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
97040320
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations

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